At least four people who were at the RNC have tested positive for coronavirus.
Of the four people, two were attendees and two were event support people, Mecklenburg County posted on Twitter. They were all immediately isolated.
Upon arrival delegates to required wear masks and partake in temperature checks, as well as, wear a device that tracks anyone with they come into contact. RNC’s health consultant, Dr. Jeffrey Runge, said
“It’s completely private. The badges have a number, and we will know what numbers are in contact with other numbers. But they won’t be identified with a person unless there is someone who is positive for COVID.”
Despite the strict protocols that were supposed to be in place, the lack of adherence to the measures prompted concern from local health officials.
Mecklenburg Public Health Director Gibbie Harris contacted the RNC about people not wearing masks and social distancing.
“I have been assured that they are working hard to address these issues. All attendees agreed to comply with the requirements prior to attending and were informed that these requirements would be enforced,”
North Carolina’s had 161,076 cases of the new coronavirus and Mecklenburg County has had the most cases with 24,744 infections.
In June, the GOP moved key parts of the convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville, Florida, when North Carolina officials prohibited a full-scale event from occurring. However, in July, Trump told reporters it was moved back to Charlotte because of the “flare-up” of coronavirus cases happening in Florida.
Trump delivered his acceptance speech from the White House and alarming photos have emerged of more than 1000 supporters ignoring social distancing.
Other in-person speakers were VP Pence, Melania Trump, Senator Tim Scott and four of the president’s children, Eric, Don Jr., Ivanka and Tiffany Trump.
2 attendees & 2 event support people tested positive for COVID-19 at the Republican National Convention. All were immediately isolated.— Mecklenburg County (@MeckCounty) August 28, 2020
62 County residents at higher education institutions outside the County have tested positive for COVID-19.
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